28th Memory Tree now under way
ATHOL — For the 28th year, the Athol Woman’s Club is sponsoring the Memory Tree which is in place on the bandstand at the uptown common. Each light on the tree represents the name of a loved one who is being remembered this special time of the year. The tree was put up Friday morning and decorated by Bonnie and Al Benjamin and junior club members Emily Casella, Kayla Robideau and Shelby Roussel. The garlands were purchased from Brooks-MacMannis Florist.
The tree has been donated by Mr. and Mrs. James Young, and was cut and placed on the bandstand by Castle Tree Service of Athol and Al Benjamin.
Persons interested in participating in this project from Nov. 27 until Dec. 23 are requested to clearly print the names of loved ones and either send them to the Athol Woman’s Club Memory Tree, P.O. Box 194, Athol, MA. 01331, or fill out forms available at Else Wear and deposit them there in the box provided. Else Wear is located at 1485 Main St., in the same block where the former Bruce’s Browser was located. Their hours are Thursday and Friday, 1 to 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Contributions are also accepted at Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText ColorSoup on the Fly located at 1493 Main St. Their hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are closed on Mondays.
Donations, as always, will be used for community improvement projects. Those who have received support from the club are the Athol Area United Way, Holiday Assistance Program, Athol-Orange Rotary Club, Flower Box Project, Athol-Royalston Drug- and Alcohol-free After Prom Party, North Quabbin Citizens’ Advocacy, Athol High School scholarships, Athol Historical Society, Athol Public Library, Ronald MacDonald House, Candidates Nights, local food pantries and the Meals on Wheels program.
The tree is dedicated each year in the memory of Betty Jean Sweet, a former teacher in the Athol school system and past member of the club, who originated the idea.
The club has expressed its thanks to all who have participated over the years and have continually supported the club on this project.